Grandmother, grandchildren, 7 others die in Ondo auto crashes

Akure—NO fewer than 10 persons, including a grandmother and her two grandchildren, died in two separate auto crashes in Ondo State, weekend.

The grandmother, identified as Mrs Orukotan, and her grandchildren died when a truck, with number plates LSD 509 XM, developed brake failure and rammed into them at Ibaka Market, in Akungba Akoko, Ajibamidele axis of Benin-Lagos Expressway.

Vanguard gathered that two commuters also lost their lives in the other accident, which occurred on Benin-Lagos Expressway.

An eyewitness, Muritala Rauf, said the truck, which was coming from Ikare axis, swerved as the driver tried to avoid a car near the market.

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He said many other traders and passers-by, who were severely injured in the Akungba accident, were taken to the hospital.

According to him, men of Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, and Police officers helped in rescuing those that were injured.

Vanguard gathered that the Ore road crash involved a black SUV and blue Carina car.

An eyewitness said the crash was caused by reckless overtaking, leading to a head-on collision.

Sector Commander of RFSC in the state, Vincent Jack, said the accident happened at about 1.40p.m., and involved a black Mercedes Benz SUV with number plates EPE 144 EW and a blue Toyota Carina car with number plates KTP 580 RG.

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Sector Commander of FRSC in the state, Vincent Jack, said seven people were involved in the accident, saying six died, while one was injured.

He said the accident was caused by overspeeding.

On the Akungba market accident, Jack said four people died, while two were injured.

The FRSC boss said: “The bodies have been deposited at the morgue of the State Specialists Hospital in Ikare-Akoko, while the injured were also taken to the same hospital for treatment.”